Palawan, The Philippines’ Last Frontier

A 2 Boat Beach in Araceli, Palawan by Jervine

Palawan, an archipelagic province in the MIMAROPA Region of the Philippines; it is the largest province in the country with a total land area of 14,649373 sq. km (5,656.29 sq. mi.). Its provincial capital is Puerto Princesa City.

Known as the “Philippines’ Last Frontier and Best Island”, Palawan is heralded as one of the last bastions of unspoiled natural beauty in the world. Nestled in the western region of the country, it offers a sanctuary of biodiversity. With its crystal-clear azure waters and rich marine life, Palawan is a paradise for snorkelers and divers.

The province is famous for the stunning limestone cliffs of El Nido, resembling a dragon resting in the sea. El Nido is also the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago, where adventurers can hop from island to island, exploring hidden lagoons and secret beaches. The area’s natural splendor has earned it a high ranking on lists of the world’s most beautiful places.

Lagoon in El Nido by Romel Duarte

Palawan’s crown jewel, however, might be the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. The park features a spectacular limestone karst landscape with an underground river. One of the New 7-Wonders of Nature, this river winds through a series of magnificent caves before flowing directly into the South China Sea.

By Ron Van Oers – This place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park., CC BY-SA 3.0 igo,

For those seeking a tranquil escape, the laid-back vibe of Coron Island, with its placid lakes and Japanese shipwreck dive sites, is unbeatable. The island is also home to indigenous tribes, who act as guardians of its unspoiled terrains.

Free Diving Barracuda Lake by Omni Reef

Palawan is a testament to ecological conservation, with many areas under protection for wildlife preservation. It is home to various species such as the Palawan peacock-pheasant, the Philippine mouse-deer, and the Palawan hornbill.

Whether it is the exhilarating zip line at Ugong Rock, the serene beauty of the Tabon Caves, or the bustling markets of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan is imbued with diverse attractions. This island province caters to all — offering luxury resorts for those looking to indulge, and rustic beach huts for the budget traveler.

Palawan’s culture is a tapestry woven from the traditions of its indigenous peoples and the influence of Spanish colonial history. The local cuisine reflects this with dishes like kinilaw (a raw seafood dish), lechón (roast pig), and the savory noodle soup, pancit.

When traveling to Palawan, it’s not just the visuals that captivate but also the symphony of nature’s sounds — the waves, the wildlife, and the gentle rustle of palm trees. Palawan doesn’t just offer a journey to a breathtaking location; it offers a journey through a living masterpiece of natural wonder.

When traveling you may need to purchase a few items before you come like a new camera or laptop. It is always a good Idea to be prepared. Also read my blog on What Should You Buy Before Travelling? – Philippine Tourism and Statistics (

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Big Lagoon, El Nido by Tracy John Lansang

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